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Japan to steer medical tourists to 'international' hospitals

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28-Jan-17 Japan's government will recommend hospitals for inbound medical tourists, starting with 28 facilities scattered across the country. Dubbed "international hospitals," these will be communicated to governments and medical institutions overseas via Japan's diplomatic missions. Japan issued about 950 official medical visas in 2015 - a 13-fold increase in four years. [image: Nikkei Asian Review]

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Bangkok hospital drives medical tourism

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27-Jan-17 Phyathai 2 International Hospital in Bangkok, Thailand, is developing a centre of excellence to enhance its medical services and serve a growing number of medical tourists. the hospital is aiming to increase its foreign clientele to 40 to 50 per cent of overall patients. [image: Phyathai Hospital / IHMT]

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London’s King’s College Hospital to open in Dubai

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26-Jan-17 London’s King’s College Hospital (KCH) will open its first full-fledged branch outside the UK in Dubai in 2018. The 100-bed multi-speciality facility will be located at Dubai Hills, and will be built at a cost of USD200 mn. Dr Layla Al Marzouqi, director of the Dubai Medical Tourism Project, hailed the move as a major boost to Dubai’s medical tourism. [image: Kings College Hospital]

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Cosmetic surgery market enjoys growth worldwide

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26-Jan-17 The medical and surgical aesthetics market grew a further 8.3 percent in 2016. Representing 46 percent of global market share, the USA still leads the way, followed by Europe, Asia-Pacific and Latin America, according to annual figures from IMCAS. Global growth is above all driven by Asia, which saw annual growth of 10 percent in 2016. [image: The Malay Mail Online]

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Alphabet's Verily gets USD800 mn from Singapore investor

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26-Jan-17 Verily, the Alphabet subsidiary formerly known as Google Life Sciences, has raised USD800 mn in funding from Temasek, the Singapore government investment company. "Proceeds may be used to support our growth in key strategic areas, including potential acquisitions, investment in partnerships and developing new opportunities on a global scale," according to a spokesperson for Verily. [image: Verily]

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